Work Based Learning

Work-based learning means sustained interactions with industry or community professionals in real workplace settings (or simulated environments) that foster in-depth, firsthand engagement with the tasks required of a given career field aligned to curriculum and instruction.

Work based learning encourages employability skills (such as communication, teamwork, social interaction, goal planning, problem solving, conflict management, initiative and enterprise, organization, self-management, resume writing, and interviewing.)

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Community Partnerships in Education

Examples of Work Based Learning Opportunities with Community Partnerships

  • Advisory Committee Member: Serve on an Career Advisory Committee to collaborate on addressing workforce needs with Academy teachers and to communicate WBL opportunity

  • Host a student in an Internship

  • Host a student On-the-Job-Training 

  • Others: Job Shadow, Student Mentorship, Teacher Externship, Co-teach a lesson, Career Fair Exhibitor, Guest Speaker, Mock Interview, Career Interviewee, Worksite Tour


  1. A highly-structured, career training experience in which learners are placed at a worksite to observe and participate in work firsthand. 

    • Can be paid or unpaid. 

    • Can be truncated into a very short-term “micro-internship”

  2. Time-limited; has an expiration

  3. It is considered an “extracurricular," and is not necessarily for transcript credit

  4. Will only be reflected on a student's transcripts if the students works 150 + and it will only show up on there as a 1 credit “Pass” course.  If the students works less than 150 hours they will not have a course code/grade on their academic transcripts 

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  1. Part-time job, not necessarily mentored at location of employment, students can work anywhere as long as the company has a Federal Tax ID and follows the manual, and the student has completed a related CTE course

  2. Doesn’t necessarily have an expiration date.  Students can work at their jobs for as long as they would like or as long as the company would like. (Even after the school year ends)

  3. Allows for students to be released from school, or not on campus during their OJT release period(s)

  4. On that note, students can have up to 3 OJT release periods on their class schedule at one time for a max of up to 450 hours of “seat time”

  5. OJT will be reflected on the students' transcripts as a class with quarterly grades given to students.

Community Partner Action Steps

  1. Determine what type(s) of partnership(s) you will be a part of

  2. Determine which Career Academy is most relevant to your industry

  3. Complete the Martin County School District Partner in Education Interest Form (completing this form does not guarantee placement)

  4. Email the site CTE Program Specialist with interest; include the description of how you would like to partner

Jensen Beach High School

Martin County High School

South Fork High School

Note: These programs or activities are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Martin County School Board. The Martin County School Board is not responsible for the information or instruction provided in these program or activities.